Go Slow Italy
Special Local Places to Eat, Stay & Savor
By Alastair Sawday
Photographs by Lucy Pope, Mark Bolton & Helena Smith
"Sawday is a campaigner for the environment and good food. His recommendations are like those of a good friend." —The Guardian
Italy, the birthplace of the Slow movement and the home of Slow Food, is a natural as the second destination in our new Slow series.
The gorgeous accommodations profiled here treasure the traditional and embrace the eco-friendly, ensuring some of the most exceptional lodgings and delicious food in Italy. Forty-six places, chosen for their commitment to Slow Food and sustainability, include simple farmsteads as well as luxurious villas; guestrooms fitted with freshly ironed linens; infinity pools with views over citrus and olive groves; rambling gardens fragrant with lavender and jasmine. Meals feature artisanal and organic food: pasta made by hand; home-baked bread; heirloom fruit jams; local meat and fish; produce from the kitchen gardens; and wine from local vineyards.
From the mountainous north, through Tuscany, down the coastline, and on to the south and the islands, Go Slow Italy embraces the Slow philosophy: an appreciation of history, landscape and architecture, craftsmanship and community, real food, small producers, and the enjoyment of life at its most enriching.
About the Author
Alastair Sawday is a writer and publisher whose focus is the environment. In 2006 his company, Alastair Sawday Publishing was awarded a Queen's Award for Sustainable Development in honor of his commitment to ecological issues.